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Ocote Soul Sounds - El Niño Y El Sol (reissue)

the best of 2005 part 1Ocote Soul Sounds & Adrian Quesada - El Niño Y El Sol
(CD) ESL Music ESL094, 2006-07-10

Update 2006-09 :
The album is finally distributed in France through ESL Music/Nocturne. Yeehaa!

Review (french) :
Hiver 2004. De retour du mexique en direction de Brooklyn, Ocote Soul Sounds, ou plutôt Martin Perna, flûtiste et leader d'Antibalas, LE groupe new-yorkais responsable de la renaissance de l'afrobeat de Fela, voit sa bagnole au colza tomber en panne et finit par passer 2 semaines à Austin, chez son pote Adrian Quesada, lui-même guitariste et leader de Grupo Fantasma, un big band latin/fusion, à mi-chemin entre Los Lobos et la Mano Negra. Le hasard faisant bien les choses, les deux compères assemblèrent le matériel disponible, mimimal: MPC 2000, flûte, percussions, guitare, basse et claviers, et se mirent au travail... Une dizaine de titres de cet album proviennent de ces sessions, dans un esprit très détendu, plutôt acoustique, mélangeant sans vergogne toutes sortes de saveurs hip hop, salsa, funk, jazz, afrobeat et downtempo. 3 morceaux de funk danceflooresque, enregistrés à New York avec l'aide de deux potes de chez Soul Fire, Nick Movshon (batterie) et Leon Michels (guitare), complètent parfaitement le tracklist et l'assemblage final est un feu d'artifice d'afro-funk latino-psychédélique complètement sidéral. Un petit bijou.

Tracklisting :
01. Tamarindio
02. Dedication T.V. | Download MP3
03. Esto No Se Acaba Aquî
04. Divinorum | Download MP3
05. Ora Como Rey, Mañana Como Qüey
06. Justicia
07. Vals de la Despedida
08. La Lucha Sigue
09. Where Is the Love?
10. Learn to Let Go
11. Greñudos
12. Look Sharp
13. Paz y Alegría

Links :
MP3 samples on

Artwork :

Ocote Soul Sounds discography :
Divinorum/Look Sharp 7" (2003) Fruitmeat/Giant Step
El Niño y El Sol with Adrian Quesada (2004) Airesol
Tamarindio/Ora como Rey, Mañana como Güey 7" (2005) Freestyle
Electric Tides (2005) Ocote Soul Media
Tamarindio/Divinorum 12" (20065) ESL Music
El Niño y El Sol with Adrian Quesada (2006 reissue) ESL Music

Press Release :
The Ocote Soul Sounds album el Nino y el Sol, continues to get rave reviews from all who hear it. Look for some Ocote Soul Sounds live dates this fall throughout the US. The vinyl 12" of "Tamarindio" featuring remixes by Thievery Corporation and Quantic will be available soon as well as a the 12" for "Grenudos" with remixes from Fugazi drummer Brendan Canty and afro-beat stalwart Rich Medina.

Biography :
"El Niño y el Sol" is a collaboration between Martin Perna (Ocote Soul Sounds) and Adrian Quesada. They are founding members of two of the world's most successful and progressive afro/latin/funk big bands, Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma, respectively. Antibalas (Brooklyn, NY) has been credited with reviving the afrobeat sound popularized by Fela Kuti while Grupo Fantasma (Austin, TX) has been called "the adventurous musical offspring of Los Lobos and Mano Negra."

Being longtime fans of each others bands, Martin and Adrian gathered one afternoon in 2003 in NYC for a brief recording session. The two remained in touch, trading music and ideas via phone and email for the next year until winter of 2004, when a road trip resulted in Martin being stranded in Austin, TX for two weeks.

In winter of 2004 Martin Perna embarked on a eco-utopian roadtrip involving a Mercedez-Benz running of vegetable oil from Brooklyn, NY to Michoacan, Mexico. On his way back to Brooklyn, the car broke down around Austin, TX where he stayed for over two weeks at the home of Adrian Quesada. It was a matter of days before they realized they should take advantage of the time and record at Adrian's home studio, Level One Studios. They began to work on ideas using minimal equipment, including an MPC 2000, flute, guitar, bass, keyboards and percussion and the groundwork was laid for "El Niño y El Sol." The result would begin to blur the boundaries of the music that inspired them-soul, funk, afro-latin music, hip hop and movie scores. Some songs were based off instrumental hip hop tracks, others were recorded entirely live. To round out the album, a few songs recorded over 2 years ago by Ocote Soul Sounds in NYC were added. Among them is "Divinorum" which has been released as a 45 on legendary NYC DJ Bobbito's Fruitmeat label and has been a hit at DJ Rich Medina's afrobeat parties. Other tunes were based on samples of Martin's flute from their 2003 session! The music was then compiled and sequenced together in 2004 to complete the album.

"El Niño y El Sol" is a unique collaboration - a soundtrack to a lost film, a document of a specific moment in time and of two musical contemporaries joining forces to create beautiful instrumental music. Martin and Adrian will continue their busy schedules with Antibalas and Grupo Fantasma and are slowly working on the followup to "El Niño y el Sol."

" A vital accompaniement to your sun bound journeys" -
"A grand adventure in sound...Enough to make even James Brown jump back and kiss himself" - The Austin Chronicle
"The best thing I've heard in a long time." - Eric Hilton, Thievery Corporation
"Like the Beatnuts spiritually busking: good shit" - Update Magazine
"Modern jazz-funk that takes its time, overtones of afro, latin, deep funk and hip hop." -
"This isn't the purple faced sax player funk 45 you're sick of, it's the mojito sippin, Don Juan Stuff" -
"Staged yet free flowing, rare and delicate, tripped out and hazy." - The Fader



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